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Design Group For UW Projects Named Best In Country

September 9, 2016
Engineering Education and Research Building rendering
Engineering Education and Research Building rendering

The architectural firm of some major University of Wyoming projects was named as the top design group in the nation recently.

ZGF Architects is the lead designer of the Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) and High Bay Research Facility for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW. ZGF was tabbed as the top firm in America in the overall and sustainability categories by Architect Magazine in the 2016 Architect 50. ZGF associate partner and lead designer/project manager Corinne Kerr is a UW architectural engineering graduate.

Architect Magazine’s Amanda Kolson Hurley says ZGF earned the top spot thanks to “the firm’s healthy financials (it posted a 17 percent increase in net revenue in 2015) and its relentless push for higher building performance.” ZGF recently enlisted a chief financial officer and a new chief people officer to spearhead talent development, both of which have had a major impact.

“But the architecture is what counts, and ZGF has a knack for designing super-efficient buildings that don’t skimp on aesthetics,” Hurley writes.

She points to ZGF’s design for a future expansion of Nike’s world headquarters in Oregon is as kinetic as a runner in motion, while a new cancer center at the University of Arizona echoes its desert surroundings with walls clad in copper metal sunscreens. ZGF also was tasked with designing a new office for the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado. Working with a client committed to energy efficiency, the architects designed a building that has no central heating to be net-energy-positive. The firm has received feedback that the thermal comfort of the occupants is very high and that the building is performing even better than it modeled.

The design firm for the UW Visual Arts Building, Hacker, was No. 13 overall, while HOK (Energy Innovation Center) was 16th. To view full rankings, click here.

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